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How Can I Protect Myself From Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In recent days, the Coronavirus outbreak has made it difficult for people to go about their everyday lives. By recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), all people should stay inside if they have the means to do so. This can cause disruptions in a person’s life, especially if they are the victim of domestic abuse within their home. If you are experiencing issues related to this, it is important to know that there are several actions that can be taken to ensure your safety during this time. Continue reading below and reach out to an experienced New Jersey family law attorney to learn more. 

How Can I Protect Myself From Domestic Violence?

Unfortunately, due to the spread of the Coronavirus disease, most court cases are postponed. However, in situations of domestic violence, the court is making exceptions for serious cases. The first thing that can be done is to notify the local police department where you can apply for a temporary restraining order. Once this is done, you need to explain to the police why the order is needed immediately. This should prompt them to inform a municipal court judge who can then grant you a temporary restraining order (TRO). 

When a TRO is granted, your final court date will take place within 10 days. When preparing for the court date, you should gather all evidence that is needed to prove that your partner or spouse is an immediate threat to you and your family. This can be presented to the judge during your case. During this time, it is important to have the help of an experienced family law attorney who can assist you in gathering this evidence to effectively present it to the court all the while guiding you through the process. 

During these uncertain times, it is important to know that, depending on the case, it may be necessary to do a phone or video conference instead of appearing in person. Regardless, all victims of domestic violence should know that, despite the current situation of the state, New Jersey courts and attorneys are here to ensure you are living in a safe environment. 

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